Residents were treated to an extraordinary visit from ZooLab, who brought along a range of exciting animals, from corn snakes and cockroaches to spiders and snails. They were introduced to the variation of creatures and told about how they live their lives, before holding them or stroking them, if they wished too.
The residents were extremely courageous when it came to getting a bit closer to the creatures, proving they were much braver than a lot of the members of staff.
Chrissie Heyes, home manager of Edward Moore House said: “The residents absolutely loved meeting the extraordinary animals as it was an unusual but exciting activity!”
The benefits of animal therapy are well documented; proving that interaction with animals can significantly reduce pain, anxiety, depression and fatigue in older people with an array of health problems.
The Abbeyfield Kent Society embraces the Eden Alternative principles within its homes, believing that communication with animals can boost wellbeing and help to eliminate loneliness.